After Joss Whedon recently announced that he has decided to step down as writer and director of Warner Bros. DC Entertainments’ highly anticipated Batgirl movie, it now seems the film might get postponed as other projects such as The Batman seem to be the studios’ priority.
According to a new report coming from The Wrap citing an insider source, DC Films and Warner Bros. want to take their own ample time to move forward with The Batman universe character’s solo project Batgirl following Joss’s exit. Whedon told The Hollywood Reporter that he has left as he failed to come up with a compelling story for the film. The Avengers director admitted that he could not crack the code of what a Batgirl movie should be.
“Batgirl is such an exciting project, and Warners/DC such collaborative and supportive partners, that it took me months to realize I really didn’t have a story,” Whedon said.
As per the insider with knowledge of the project, the film studio is in no hurry to rope in a new director for the film. Notably, this doesn’t mean that the makers have canceled plans to make the standalone Batgirl movie; it’s just that the film is not a priority for them right now. They have just decided to keep the film on the back burner for a while as they continue to move forward with other films.
The report also noted that the studio always intended to develop films focused on Justice League members first including Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash and Green Lantern before moving ahead with spin-offs of secondary characters like Nightwing, Deathstroke, Lobo, and Batgirl. So, this means that even if Whedon had a story for the Batgirl film, it likely would not have gone into production before Matt Reeves’ The Batman which is currently in development.
This report, while advised to be taken with a grain of salt makes sense as it looks like the Nightwing project is also likely to see its release post The Batman since the film’s director Chris McKay has moved on to another project. Furthermore, development of other spinoffs such as Deathstroke and Lobo are still in earlier stages as well.
At the moment, Aquaman, Shazam!, and Wonder Woman 2 are the only DCEU films that have scheduled release dates. Aquaman is slated to release on December 21, 2018, followed by Shazam! on April 5, 2019, and Wonder Woman 2 on November 1, 2019.
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Source: The Wrap
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